Photo: Kissing Lips Origami Valentine Card Step 1
Start with a square of paper with the colored side up. Fold in half diagonally. Step 2
Fold the bottom right corner of the triangle across to the left, so that the fold is 1/3 of the way along the bottom edge.
An easy way to measure 1/3 of the way across is to gently squash the bottom of triangle into a Z-shape. This way you can make little creases at the 1/3 and 2/3 points.
Make the same fold on the other side, i.e. fold the left-corner across to the right. Step 3
Fold up the corner:
Fold up the corner on the other side too: Step 4
Now fold the corners down. Step 5
Fold the corners up diagonally like this: Step 6
Then fold the corners down like this:
Your paper should now look something like this: Step 7
Unfold the piece of paper completely and lay it blank side up like the picture below. You're probably thinking "What!? After all that folding you want me to unfold it again?"
. Yes, but don't worry, you're over half-way now, and all those creases you made are about to come in very handy :-)
Fold up the tip of the bottom corner of the square. You'll find that there's already a crease there for you to fold along. Step 8
Fold along the creases near the tip.
As you make the folds, a little sticking up protrusion will form. It looks funny, but it's actually one of the lips. It will look better when the card is finished.
Here's another view:
Do the same thing with the opposite corner. Your paper should now look like this: Step 9
Turn the paper over so that the colored side is up, then fold along the creases shown here. Step 10
Fold in the corners at the sides. Step 11
Fold back at the edges of the lips.
Your kissing lips are finished, and ready to go into your origami valentine card!
Just for interest, the more traditional way to finish the origami kissing lips is shown in the pictures below. The traditional way doesn't fit as well into a card though. Finished!
Once you've folded the origami kissing lips, it's just a matter of attaching them to the inside of a card using glue or double sided tape. I prefer double sided tape because it seems to stick better and also I get impatient waiting for glue to dry :-)
For the front of the origami valentine I just used a really simple design with a cut-out heart, but you can decorate it however you like. You could even just buy a card and then glue the origami lips inside.
But when you open it...
You get a big kiss!